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Trials to start in Indonesian school sex abuse scandal

Published on Aug 25, 2014 7:00 PM
This file photo taken on April 21, 2014 shows the main entrance of the Jakarta International School in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Five cleaners will go on trial this week over allegations of sexual assault at one of Indonesia’s most prestigious international schools, the first cases in a long-running scandal to go to court.

The crisis at the Jakarta International School (JIS), which began with public allegations in April that the cleaning staff assaulted a six-year-old boy, has rocked an institution that has been a favourite with expatriates in the capital for more than 60 years.

The cleaners will be indicted on Tuesday and Wednesday but deny any wrongdoing, a lawyer for two of them said. All of them who previously confessed now plan to recant, claiming police beat them up, he said.

Since the first allegation emerged the scandal has snowballed, with more parents making abuse claims, school staff members accused and a revelation that a suspected serial paedophile sought by the FBI taught there for a decade.

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